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What does it mean to wait for the Lord? We hear an awful lot about waiting on God! We say it to people all the time! Wait and see what the Lord says to you! Wait, God will bring the right person into your life! But what does it really mean to be waiting on the Lord?
The Bible speaks often about it, especially in the Psalms. For example, Psalm 27:14 says:
“Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord.” KJV
What we often don’t realize however, is that the various words for “wait” or “waiting” sometimes have different meanings and are in fact different words in the original languages. So what does it really mean for the Christian to wait for the Lord and to wait with faith and not worry?
What Does it Mean to Wait for the Lord…Really?
In our earlier reference of Psalm 27:14, the word “wait” is translated from the Hebrew word “qavah” and it means, according to Strong’s Concordance:
To hope in, look for, expect, eagerly look for, lie in wait for
The most important and frequent use of the word “wait” is to define the attitude of a soul God-ward. It describes eager anticipation and yearning for the revelation of truth and love as it is in the Father.” (Emphasis Mine)
This ‘waiting on the Lord’ is not a ‘sitting around, twiddling your thumbs’ kind of waiting. This is a waiting with eager expectancy. This is a waiting that has action behind it. That action is the exercise of faith in eager anticipation!
The various words for “wait” or “waiting” sometimes have different meanings and are in fact different words in the original languages. So what does it really mean for the Christian to wait on God?
When a woman is pregnant we say she is “expecting”. She has to “wait” for nine months but she does so actively, expecting a specific result…a baby. She prepares. There is a knowledge that in due time her baby will arrive. She is not just passively sitting around thinking “well, I will just sit here and see if it happens”.
Are we waiting with anticipation or are we waiting with a “we’ll see” kind of posturing?
Waiting on the Lord – He Shall Strengthen Thine Heart
In Psalm 27:14 we see it says:
“Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart…”
Be strong, alert, courageous, brave, stout, bold, solid, hard
Be alert and courageous! Be brave, strong and solid!
It says to be alert! It implies without fear!
Are we waiting with anticipation or are we waiting with a “we’ll see” kind of posturing
In other words, when you are waiting on the Lord are you doing it with faith, knowing God will act on your behalf, whether that results in what YOU want or not?
You see, many times when we are waiting for God to act, we fear because we worry He won’t do things the way WE want! If we trust and put our faith in the fact that if God acts according to His will it is always best, we won’t fear the outcome.
What does it mean to wait for the Lord in faith?
It means we need to wait expectantly, knowing God WILL act and in faith without fear knowing He will act according to HIS will.
What Does it Mean to Wait for the Lord?- It Means Believing You’ve Already Received It
Mark 11:24 says:
“Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” NIV
When we wait on the Lord expectantly, we are believing we have already received it! We are waiting with faith!
The word “believe” is the Greek word “pisteuō” and means:
To place confidence in, to think to be true, to trust God is able, to entrust a thing to one
Are we entrusting our needs to God and trusting He is able? Whenever we pray according to God’s will, we can rest in the knowledge that God will answer!
You see, many times when we are waiting for God to act, we fear because we worry He won’t do things the way WE want!
It is when we pray according to OUR will instead of His that we have problems!
God’s Will, Not Ours
We should always align our wants and our will with God’s. Yes, we are human and that doesn’t always happen but that should be the goal.
When we do that, we can wait with expectancy!
How do you know you are praying (and waiting) according to His will?
It is then we can be waiting on the Lord with expectancy and in faith knowing what we are waiting for is not out of alignment with His will and His Word!
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